elect

adjective
\ i-ˈlekt \

Definition of elect 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : carefully selected : chosen

2 : chosen for salvation through divine mercy

3a : chosen for office or position but not yet installed the president-elect

b : chosen for marriage at some future time the bride-elect

elect

noun
plural elect

Definition of elect (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : one chosen or set apart (as by divine favor)

2 elects plural : a select or exclusive group of people

elect

verb
elected; electing; elects

Definition of elect (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to select by vote for an office, position, or membership elected her class president

2 : to make a selection of will elect an academic program

3 : to choose (something, such as a course of action) especially by preference might elect to sell the business

intransitive verb

: to make a selection

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Examples of elect in a Sentence

Adjective

this elect body of students represents the best that the nation's high schools have to offer

Noun

the members of this all-American team are the elect of collegiate football

Verb

He hopes to be elected to the committee. I've elected to study French as my foreign language.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Why not just elect congressional members at-large, statewide? Rich Exner, cleveland.com, "Ohio Issue 1 Q&A: congressional redistricting and the ills of gerrymandering - Election preview," 3 May 2018 Both Berlioz and Mahler were visionaries before their time — an elect pantheon to which Morlot adds Charles Ives. Thomas May, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Symphony sets tone for ambitious season with Mahler choral epic," 15 Sep. 2017 Alex Arshinkoff, 62, an Ohio political boss credited with mentoring a generation of young politicians and helping elect presidents, has died. Philly.com, "Alex Arshinkoff | Ohio GOP leader, 62," 30 Aug. 2017 COLUMBUS, Ohio — Alex Arshinkoff, a GOP political boss credited with mentoring a generation of young politicians and helping elect presidents, has died. Washington Post, "Arshinkoff, dubbed most effective GOP chairman by Bush, dies," 29 Aug. 2017 Some of the profits from the Kickstarter campaign and Warren's figure sales will go toward Emily's List, a nonprofit organization helping elect pro-choice Democratic women to office. Nancy Coleman, CNN, "Pint-sized persistence: Elizabeth Warren action figure fights the patriarchy from your pocket," 9 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Voter participation was a robust 63%, so the president-elect certainly has a mandate. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Peso Federales," 2 July 2018 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 3:41 Bills filed to limit Cooper's powers as governor Advertisement N.C. House Rules Chairman David Lewis explains bills limiting Gov.-elect Roy Cooper's powers that were filed Wednesday at the legislature. Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "Here's why NC governors don't like one constitutional amendment: 'You have to kill a snake'," 28 June 2018 The report claims that no deal has been signed as of yet; however, the LaLiga champions-elect are keen to complete the paperwork before Umtiti heads of to the World Cup in Russia this summer. SI.com, "Barcelona Growing in Confidence Over New Deal for Star Defender Despite Repeated Man Utd Links," 28 Apr. 2018 The president-elect quickly interrupted the FBI director. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Comey’s memoir: Trump fixates on proving lewd dossier allegations false," 13 Apr. 2018 Cuomo, New Jersey governor-elect Phil Murphy, and California Senate President Kevin de León are all pushing plans to preserve the SALT deduction in full, by exploiting various loopholes in federal law. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Republicans Poised for Collapse in New York," 9 Jan. 2018 The 46-year-old president-elect — the first boomer to win the White House — was taking the baton from an old-fashioned elder who had been born during Calvin Coolidge’s presidency. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018 Bexar County Democratic Party chair-elect Monica Alcantara is taking the chairmanship June 11 from Manuel Medina, who gained a reputation for bitterly dividing the party by picking sides during primaries. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "‘Chaos’ hobbling Bexar County Democratic Party," 10 July 2018 Of course, at that point, if Trump had legal diplomatic business to discuss with Russia, the president-elect could have held a normal meeting. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Furious at spiraling corruption and violence, Mexican voters unleashed a political earthquake Sunday by electing a leftist firebrand as president and giving him a broad mandate to overthrow the political establishment and govern for the poor. The Christian Science Monitor, "Mexico elects leftist López Obrador as president," 2 July 2018 The amicable consensus around appropriate parameters for public speech by psychiatrists came apart after Trump was elected president. Leonard L. Glass, STAT, "The Goldwater rule is broken. Here’s how to fix it," 28 June 2018 And the founders required an absolute majority in the college to elect a president—if no candidate received over 50% of electoral votes, the choice fell to the House. The Economist, "America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats," 12 July 2018 An amendment ending dog racing and another to require counties like Miami-Dade and Broward to elected all county officers are also being challenged as misleading. Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Lawsuit challenges education amendment, seeks to remove it from Florida’s ballot," 12 July 2018 Breed is the second woman to be elected mayor of San Francisco. Janie Har, USA TODAY, "London Breed to be sworn in as San Francisco's first black female mayor," 11 July 2018 As the video comes to a close, Obama calls for voters to elect candidates who support fair redistricting, and to join the NDRC in its efforts. Renae Reints, Fortune, "'Politicians Shouldn't Pick Their Voters.' Obama Appears in Anti-Gerrymandering Video," 11 July 2018 Fans can try to elect their Final Vote candidates at mlb.com/all-star/final-vote. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "UMBC partners with St. Louis Cardinals for All-Star Game Final Vote," 10 July 2018 The last Democrat to be elected at the top of the ticket was Governor Ann Richards in 1990. Andrew Rice, Daily Intelligencer, "Can a Democrat Ever Win in Texas?," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of elect

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for elect

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin electus, past participle of eligere to select, from e- + legere to choose — more at legend

Verb

Middle English, from Latin electus

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elect

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of elect

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: having been elected : chosen for a public office but not yet holding that office

elect

noun

English Language Learners Definition of elect (Entry 2 of 3)

: people who belong to a special group and have privileges that other people do not have

elect

verb

English Language Learners Definition of elect (Entry 3 of 3)

: to select (someone) for a position, job, etc., by voting

: to choose to do (something)

elect

verb
\ i-ˈlekt \
elected; electing

Kids Definition of elect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to select by vote elect a senator

2 : to make a choice The team elected to kick off.

elect

adjective

Kids Definition of elect (Entry 2 of 2)

: chosen for office but not yet holding office the president-elect

Legal Definition of elect 

1 : to select by vote for an office, position, or membership

2 : to make a selection of elected her statutory share over the gift under the will

intransitive verb

: to choose an elective share the right of a spouse to elect against the will

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